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Bind or build a neck

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by devin_bass, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. devin_bass

    devin_bass

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    So I think I want binding on my neck, but buying a new neck from warmoth the way I want it is really expensive. Does anyone know someone who can bind a bass neck? Or at least build me one thats of great quality besides warmoth?
  2. lz4005

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    Adding binding to a neck isn't all that difficult, if you have the right equipment. Most good luthiers can do it. It's just really labor intensive. They have to do a full refret and hand trim the tangs on both ends of each fret.

    Wait until the bass needs a refret anyway and get it done then.
  3. Bongolation

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    At least that long, yeah.

    It really requires skill to do right as a retrofit and there are a lot of things to screw up (which will probably be concealed from the customer -- at least until it's too late). I can't imagine it being worth the hassle, cost and risk to an owner.
  4. sowilson

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    Or get the neck from Warmouth without frets installed (fret slots cut), bind it, and then have it fretted and finished.
  5. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    It's pretty common with refrets to lay the fret over the binding on the ends, and that's how I prefer it anyways.
  6. Bongolation

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    With the exception of the weird way Gibson does it, I haven't seen it done otherwise on a bound neck.

    There's nothing difficult about refretting a bound neck. The tangs are back-cut (and come that way) to compensate, so there's no extra work.

    The relative difficulty is in binding a neck already built otherwise.
  7. Flump

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    I just want to know why they continue to do this. Terrible practice that leaves less playing area. D.U.M.
  8. lz4005

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    You can get pre-back-cut frets that are the right width? Everyone I've ever known who does it uses bulk spools of fret wire.
  9. DeadZeriousBass

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    Hope this is not a stupid question but what is binding?
  10. Bongolation

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    Yes...though of course they are approximate fits and are finished to length.

    That's what they use at the factory when bound necks are made.

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  11. mr.mow

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    Because traditionalists demand they do it
  12. devin_bass

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    Thanks for all the replies guys. Guess Ill just wait a decade or two when I refret :p
  13. soaf

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    I don't think its worth adding binding to an existing neck unless you are in love with the neck. I would buy one with binding. I think binding is beautiful.

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